Lucille ‘Lucy’ K. Neusch

FAIRMONT — Private family services for Lucille “Lucy” K. Neusch, age 100, of Fairmont, Minn., are being held at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, with interment at Fairview Memorial Park, Fairmont.

Lucy passed away peacefully of old age and hard work on Thursday morning, Feb. 18, 2021, at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont. She was watched over by her second family, the loving staff of Lakeview, who had taken great care of her for the past seven years. Lakeview Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Lucille Kathrine (Kruger) Neusch was born April 15, 1920, at the family farm five miles east of Fairmont. She was the eighth child born to Emil and Gazena (Kuhn) Kruger. Lucille was united in marriage to Donald Neusch on Feb. 27, 1943, in Santa Ana, Calif. while Donald was serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Following Donald’s discharge in 1945, they farmed in the Ringsted and East Chain area, finally moving to the Fairmont farm that is still being actively farmed by son, Bob, grandsons and great-grandsons. Lucille was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fairmont as well as Martin County Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 1222. She loved her farm life, cooking for the help, running for parts, helping raise baby calves and even geese on occasion. Lucille enjoyed taking all the grandkids to the Missouri farm and watching them have so much fun even if sometimes it became a little naughty, tending to her flowers at Oak Beach Drive, and family Christmases where one time more than forty family members gathered. What Lucille loved most was picking chickens and it wasn’t unusual to have done 100 in a morning. By supper she’d have made from scratch, including noodles, the best homemade chicken noodle soup you could ever ask for and then her famous apple pie for dessert. Lucille also loved all of her farm neighborhood “kids.” Lucille is survived by her son, Robert (Diane) Neusch, and daughter, Linda (Bryan) Gregor, all of Fairmont; son-in-law, Larry Kolda of Utica, S.D.; daughter-in-law, Mary Jo Neusch of Fairmont; 12 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; special niece, Nan Milbrandt; many more loved nieces and nephews. Along with her parents, Emil and Gazena Kruger, Lucille was preceded in death by her husband, Donald “Shorty” Neusch; all seven of her siblings; Jamie, newborn grandson of daughter Peggy; Joey, two-year old great granddaughter and Tyler, great-grandson, both children of grandchildren, Jessi and Tracy Kotewa; in June of 2020, she lost her daughter, Peggy Kolda and then in September of 2020, her son, Charles Neusch.